Pittsburgh Pirates: Players Who Must Be on Their Radar at the MLB Winter Meetings

The Pirates must keep these players on their radar as we head into the Winter Meetings.
Dec 7, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a 2022 MLB Winter Meetings logo at Manchester
Dec 7, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a 2022 MLB Winter Meetings logo at Manchester / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Trade Targets

Freddy Peralta

The Milwaukee Brewers are open to moving any and all veterans. That includes right-handed starter Freddy Peralta. If there was any potential trade target I’d want the Pirates to go all-in on, it would be Peralta, and there are at least two, very good reasons why. He is a quality starting pitcher who is affordably controlled for multiple years.

Last season, Peralta pitched in a career-high 165.2 innings and worked to a 3.86 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and a 1.12 WHIP. Peralta has consistently posted elite strikeout rates and ‘23 was no different with a 30.9% strikeout rate. However, he posted a career-low 7.9% walk rate. Peralta’s 1.41 HR/9 was a tad high, however, he was well above average at limiting hard contact with an 87.6 exit velocity, and his 16% HR/FB ratio indicates some regression to the mean. Peralta comes with very affordable team control through the 2026 season.